Happy Saturday everyone! I’m back from my two week hiatus, which I didn’t actually tell anyone I was taking… In case you were wondering, I went to New York last week (more on that in my monthly wrap up post ❤️) and I’ve spent all of this week recovering from the jet lag (aka sleeping and binge-watching Gossip Girl because I want to go back to NYC so badly!)
I’m doing my best to catch up with my tags and nominations, and over the past few months I’ve been nominated for The Infinity Dreams Award by the following lovely bloggers:
Deanna @ anovelglimpse
Codie @ paperbackbookaddicts
Laura @ lalasbookreviews
Alyssa @ theultimatebookgeek
Michelle @ thereadingbelle
Please go check out all of their splendiferous blogs, if you haven’t already!
I’m not 100% sure what the Infinity Dreams Award means, but it sounds rather mystical and magical, and I am very grateful to all of you for bestowing it upon my little blog 🙂
- Thank and link the blog that nominated you
- Tell us 11 facts about yourself
- Answer the questions that were set for you to answer
- Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them
My 11 facts (don’t worry, I won’t bore you with 55…):
1) I buy way more books than I have time to read.
2) Despite the crappy final season, LOST remains my favourite TV show of all time. And weirdly, despite his obvious and severe personality flaws, Benjamin Linus remains my favourite character.
3) I very rarely wear makeup, unless I’m going somewhere nice. I’m not making a statement, I’m just too lazy to put it on in the mornings.
4) I am always tired. I can’t remember what not being tired actually feels like.
5) My favourite song of all time is Just Like Heaven by The Cure. However, my most played song on iTunes is Time to Pretend by MGMT.
6) Ever since I started working in marketing, I can’t stop noticing improper use of grammar, and I can’t stop thinking in puns.
7) I am always spilling food or drink down myself, to the extent that my friends actually say ‘I Jessed myself!’ anytime they accidentally do the same thing…
8) I am 99.9% sure I have misophonia (a condition where you have an intense hatred of sound). People with misophonia have certain noises that severely distress them, and mine is the sound of eating. Ughhhh. I. can’t. deal.
9) I keep an emergency packet of Lovehearts in my bag at all times, because I sometimes get this weird thing where if I haven’t eaten for several hours I get all shaky and almost pass out because I need sugar.
10) I will eat almost anything, but I can’t stand beetroot or hard-boiled egg. #vom
11) I am happiest when in pyjamas.
My answers to the questions…
What is your favourite romance novel?
I desperately want more people to read this book, so I have somebody to fangirl with! Howie and Arthur’s romance was so adorable, and managed to keep me engaged without resorting to angst or melodrama. This book made me so HAPPY.
Who is your least favourite fictional love triangle?
Cassia/Xander/Ky in the Matched trilogy. I found the romance in this series bland. I read to the end of the trilogy because I was interested in the dystopian setting, but I really couldn’t have cared less about the love triangle.
Least favourite genre?
Erotica. I don’t have a problem with sex scenes in books, but I do have a problem with cringey writing (I’m looking at you 50 Shades!)
Biggest pet peeve in books?
When a female character intensely hates another female character just because she’s pretty. C’MON, we’re above all of that in this enlightened day and age.
Favourite book of 2015?
I wasn’t expecting to fall so hard for this series, as it’s not the kind of thing I usually read, but BAM – I was blown away. This series gets better and better with every book, and the character development is flawless.
Least favourite book of 2015?
It just didn’t really live up to my expectations. The premise was so intriguing (two strangers are stranded on a desert island together for 2 years… when they’re finally rescued, they make a pact to lie about what really happened while they were there.) This idea had so much potential, but I was left unenthralled and disappointed by the reveal of Lilian and Dave’s secret. I guess I was just expecting something a bit more shocking.
Do you think negative reviews are useful? Or just hateful?
I think it depends on the tone of the review. It’s okay to be constructively negative, because I think it’s worse to pretend you loved something you hated, but we should also be respectful, because negative comments can be hurtful. I think it’s also important to make it clear we’re just expressing our opinion; just because it didn’t float our boat, doesn’t mean it won’t float someone else’s.
Do you like short stories? Which one is your favourite?
I love short stories. I’m not sure if I have a favourite, but I’m a huge fan of Daphne du Maurier’s; I love the way she writes. Don’t Look Now is one of her best, and the ending scared the crap out of me because it was so unexpected. It’s rare for a book to be able to make you jump in the same way a movie can, but I swear that story did it for me!
What classic books do you like?
Tess of the D’Urbervilles was the first classic to make me cry, and Wuthering Heights has such psychologically interesting characters – both were intense reading experiences for me.
If you had to choose a dystopian society to live in, which one will it be?
Well, preferably none, but if I HAD to, I think I’d choose the world of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner. Although the characters have to deal with some pretty scary stuff (Grievers! WICKED! AHH!), I like the community aspect of the Glade, and how they all manage to work and live (fairly) amicably together.
Anne @ anneliselestrange
Faith and Sarah @ sublimereads
Raquel @ rakioddbooks
Alicia @ hashtaglovebooks
Evie @ justanotherbelle
Asmaa @ thechroniclesofabookworm
Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks
Giselle @ utopianboulevard
Astra @ astrangersguidetonovels
Ashleigh @ afrolicthroughfiction
T.K. Lawrence @ readitornotreviews
If you’ve already done this tag/tags aren’t your thing/you can’t be bothered, there is no pressure to do this one, but if you do fancy giving it ago, here are your questions:
- Which fictional character is most like you?
- Which books have made you cry?
- Has a book ever filled you with rage?
- Who is your favourite fictional couple?
- Has there been a book which has genuinely scared you?
- Favourite fictional animal/fantastical creature?
- Favourite fantasy world?
- Which book completely exceeded your expectations?
- Are there any books you’ve disliked from an author you usually love?
- What’s your favourite book in a genre you don’t normally read?
- If you had another blog, what would you write about it instead of books?